Three Seeded Players Move Into Semifinals

No. 5 Angelique Kerber edges No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska in singles nightcap

STANFORD, Calif. ( – No. 4 Karolina Pliskova was one of three seeded players to notch a victory on Friday during the quarterfinal round of the Bank of the West Classic.

Making her second career tournament appearance, Pliskova defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 6-4 for her second consecutive straight-set win. It was the first meeting between the two players since 2011, when Tomljanovic won 6-3, 6-3 in Clearwater.

Pliskova’s road to the semifinals proved to be a lot easier than her three counterparts, who all dropped their first set before rallying for the victory.

The only match of the day featuring two seeded players went in favor of No. 5 Angelique Kerber, who knocked off No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Evening the all-time series at five wins apiece, Kerber faced deficits of 4-3 in both the second and third sets before ripping off the final three games. Last year’s runner-up, Kerber is aiming for her seventh WTA title.

No. 8 seed Elina Svitolina continued to impress in her tournament debut, powering past Alison Riske 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 earlier in the afternoon. Seeking her fourth career WTA title, Svitolina trailed 4-3 in the first set and 5-4 in the second frame before coasting in the deciding set.

After losing a tight first set, Varvara Lepchenko rebounded to edge Mona Barthel 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 and reach her second Premier-level semifinal of the season and third of her career. Lepchenko raced out to commanding lead in the second set and eventually put the match away after a 2-2 tie in the third set.

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The Bank of the West Classic, a Premier WTA event, features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw. The event is owned and operated by IMG and serves as the opening women's event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series.

The list of past champions of the event reads like a Who's Who of women's tennis including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

ABOUT THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: The Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first stop of the Emirates Airline US Open Series. Owned and operated by IMG, the WTA Premier event features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $731,000. Held on Stanford University’s campus at Taube Family Tennis Stadium since 1997, former champions include: Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

ABOUT BANK OF THE WEST: Founded in 1874, $62.4 billion-asset Bank of the West (, member FDIC and equal housing lender, offers a wide range of personal, commercial, wealth management and international banking services. The bank operates more than 700 retail and commercial banking locations in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Bank of the West is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, which has a presence in 80 countries with nearly 200,000 employees.